NCAA Basketball

Hamilton’s double-double helps UNLV beat Fresno St. in 2OT

Fresno State's Noah Blackwell passes the ball over UNLV's Amauri Hardy during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Fresno, Calif. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Donnie Tillman scored a career-high 28 points, Bryce Hamilton had his first career double-double, and UNLV beat Fresno State 81-80 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

Hamilton finished with career high of 21 points -including seven in the second OT - and 14 rebounds. Amauri Hardy added 18 points for UNLV (4-6, 1-0 Mountain West).

Hamilton hit a 3-pointer and then made a layup to give the Runnin' Rebels a 77-72 lead with 1:41 left in the game and then he and Tillman each made two free throws in the final minute to hold off Fresno State (2-5, 0-1).

Noah Blackwell had 18 points and Mustafa Lawrence scored 16 - both season highs - for the Bulldogs. Nate Grimes had his fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

UNLV extended its NCAA record to 1,080 consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer.

Tillman made 1 of 2 free throws with 10 seconds left in the first OT to tie the game at 72 and then the Runnin' Rebels stole the ball so the Bulldogs couldn't get up a last shot.

UNLV forced the first overtime when Hamilton stole the ball with 29 seconds left and drove down the lane and banked in a short jumper with six seconds to go to tie the game at 65. Blackwell missed a long, potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

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Updated December 5, 2019

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